Kentlyn RFS firefighters recognised for nearly 200 years' service to community

NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Jason Heffernan (left), Kentlyn brigade's senior deputy captain Ron Taylor, retired inspector Lido Turrin, deputy captain Darran Shergold, Campbelltown deputy mayor Darcy Lound, firefighter Troy Cooper, deputy group captain David South, deputy captain Brian Williamson and group captain Andrew Macdonald. Picture: Brian Laul
NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Jason Heffernan (left), Kentlyn brigade's senior deputy captain Ron Taylor, retired inspector Lido Turrin, deputy captain Darran Shergold, Campbelltown deputy mayor Darcy Lound, firefighter Troy Cooper, deputy group captain David South, deputy captain Brian Williamson and group captain Andrew Macdonald. Picture: Brian Laul

Half a dozen Kentyn firefighters have been awarded for their ongoing service to the community.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Macarthur Zone held a ceremony at Leumeah's Wests Leagues Club on Saturday night to recognise six Kentlyn Rural Fire Brigade members.

Retired inspector Lido Turrin, group captain Andrew Macdonald, senior deputy captain Ron Taylor deputy group captain David South, and firefighters Troy Cooper and Darran Shergold have combined for 192 years' of firefighting experience.

NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Jason Heffernan presented the group with five long service medals and four national members.

Assistant Commissioner Heffernan said the members did not volunteer their time to receive accolades.

"However, these medals are a proud acknowledgement of the commitment shown by these individuals over the years," he said.

"I know the community is thankful for the world-class level of fire protection volunteers across the Macarthur district provide them.

"I extend my gratitude to all of our dedicated firefighters for their continued service to and for the community."

Assistant Commissioner Heffernan particularly paid tribute to Mr Turrin, who joined the Kentlyn brigade 1956.

"Lido has held numerous positions with both the Kentlyn and Minto Heights brigades over the years," he said.

"Lido continued to be a valued member as deputy captain," he said.

Assistant Commissioner Heffernan also thanked Mr Macdonald for his 38 years of firefighting service.

"Andrew has been a diligent member of the NSW RFS for an exceptional period of time for which we are truly grateful," he said.

Assistant Commissioner Heffernan said all six Kentlyn firefighters had demonstrated an "exceptional level of commitment to their community".

"I offer my thanks and gratitude to all NSW RFS staff and volunteers who continue to work hard for their communities," he said.